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  • Blog Post: Opinion - Is It Worth Getting Excited About The Next Wave Of Video Game Movies?

    I always get a little more excitable when San Diego Comic-Con rolls around. While I love reading about the intricate booths and seeing pictures of fans’ meticulously constructed cosplay outfits, my favorite thing to do is read panel recaps. Since the four-day event has evolved into a celebration... More
  • Blog Post: Why Narrative Disconnect Is Worth Talking About

    If Lara Croft is just a girl trying to survive, why is she so good at remorselessly mowing down bad guys? If Nathan Drake is a charming, relatable everyman, how should we feel about the fact that we control him as he kills hundreds? As video game storytelling has improved, the idea that gameplay design... More
  • Blog Post: Weekend Warrior 8/15/14

    It's the weekend again! We're also sad to say that this is the last Weekend Warrior you're going to be seeing from this summer's team of interns. Though we're sad to say goodbye, that doesn't mean we're ever going to stop playing video games – and this weekend is not... More
  • Blog Post: Top 10 Action Games Of The Generation

    The last console generation was packed with some of the greatest action games of all time. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 4's life cycles were longer than any consoles before them, allowing developers to become more familiar with the powerful tech and deliver better and better games. Imaginative new... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber — The Last of Us Remastered Edition

    Last year, Naughty Dog released The Last of Us, a post-apocalyptic survival game that didn't pull any punches. Not only was the game's crafting system and combat were highly engrossing, but it's story still resonates with players even a year later. Not surprisingly, this survival tale looks... More
  • Blog Post: Should The Term "Survival Horror" Die?

    I’ve always considered myself a big survival-horror fan, but the more I thought about it, the less I understand what the term “survival horror” even means – especially in this day and age. I had a conversation with Game Informer’s resident horror expert Tim Turi to find... More
  • Blog Post: A Candid Interview With Evan Wells And Christophe Balestra

    Naughty Dog - the legendary studio behind The Last of Us, Uncharted, Jak and Daxter, and Crash Bandicoot - has been in the headlines the last few months, but for all the wrong reasons. A reported exodus of key team members has people wondering about Naughty Dog and the future of Uncharted. Game Informer... More
  • Blog Post: The Art Of Endings: Tales Of Ending A Game

    Endings are tricky. A good ending can resonate with you long after you’ve finished an experience and live on in your conversations and memories. However, an unsatisfying one can cast a cloud over an otherwise solid story. So much can hinge on a finale that writers often struggle to bring everything... More
  • Blog Post: Editorial: The Difference Between Story And Fiction

    I’m a big fan of rich fictional backdrops to a video game. Even when those features aren’t necessarily central to the potential of the action or gameplay, I find myself hungering to know more about the world behind the game – the role-playing gamer and fantasy novel-reader in me enjoys... More
  • Blog Post: Casting Call – The Last Of Us

    Last week, we reported on Screen Gems' upcoming adaptation of our 2013 Game of the Year, The Last of Us. We'll keep our fingers crossed and hope that it breaks out of the standard "video game movie" level of quality, but time will tell. In the meantime, here are our picks for the cast... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Younger Characters Are Making A Stronger Impact

    Adolescence is a time of conflicting emotions. One minute life is carefree, and then growing up rears its ugly head, dealing hard lessons. Young teenagers are just starting to realize who they are, and they're far off from figuring it out. Coming-of-age stories remain some of the most popular and... More
  • Blog Post: Mike’s Favorite Opening Sequences From Last Generation

    There are a number of Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 titles that I love, but the games that endear themselves to me hook me immediately. I’m not opposed to giving a game some time to get going, but I’ll always prefer those that are ready to entertain right away. I’ve picked five games on... More
  • Blog Post: 2013 Action Game Of The Year Awards

    For all intents and purposes, 2013 was the final big year for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. These consoles went out with a bang rather than a whimper, and you'll see that reflected in the excellent action games we call attention to in this article. Here are the award-winning games in the action... More
  • Blog Post: Five Games That Can Benefit From A Definitive Edition

    It’s official. We’ve left the world of HD remakes behind (almost). We’ve evolved to the next generation. Enter: The Definitive Edition. Tomb Raider is the first game that’s getting one , and it’s more than a Game of the Year edition. This is a full-fledged overhaul that... More
  • Blog Post: The Best Gaming Duos Of 2013

    Certain characters bring out the best in one another. Video games offer even more unique circumstances for duos to capitalize on each others' strengths and weaknesses. Beyond just story riffs, a pair's assets can also extend to gameplay. We look back on some of the most memorable ones this year... More
  • Blog Post: Contemplating The Ending Of The Last Of Us

    I suspect that Naughty Dog's The Last of Us is going to be many people's game of the year. It's certainly mine. It's an experience that has stayed with me long after I finished it. In the months that have passed since it released, I've continued to think about the game's ambivalent... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion: Important Female Characters Weren’t Marketed Well This Year

    Originally, I intended to write a feature on the defining female characters of 2013. Unfortunately, when I started compiling my list, I realized this wasn’t a great year for female characters. I could barely come up with five that I felt confident about, but two stood out the most: BioShock Infinite’s... More
  • Blog Post: The Best Video Game Stories Of 2013

    This year we killed a lot of zombies, traveled to exotic lands in the sky, punched some supervillains in the jaw, and sailed the seas as a pirate, but which stories really stuck with us? As the year draws to a close, I reflect back on some of the best stories told through video games this year. Here... More
  • Blog Post: Ten Of The Most Grotesque Video Game Creatures Ever

    Everyone takes a different approach to Halloween costumes. Some go for clever topical getups, like your Miley Cyrus plus Stylish Beetlejuice Man . Others prefer clever wordplay, like a “Deer Hunter” who is actually a deer with neon orange gear and a gun. But some bold Halloween enthusiasts... More
  • Blog Post: From Phage To Page: The Last Of Us Comic Interview

    If you’ve finished up Naugthy Dog’s superb The Last of Us, and still hunger for more adventures set in that universe, check out the recent The Last of Us comic books, which are a surprisingly decent read. Dark Horse recently released a four issue miniseries based on Naughty Dog's The... More
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